Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy Foundation, Inc.

Phone: 617.431.6748
P.O. Box 356
Belmont, MA 02478

NSGP Training and Educational Offerings

Competence as a group therapist requires specialized knowledge and skills. The in-depth learning and experiences essential for group leadership are not often available in the course of mental health training. More than thirty years ago the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy (NSGP) created a program to train group therapists. Currently the NSGP Training Committee offers a Principles of Group Psychotherapy course 

This 20-hour course meets the educational portion of the requirements for the National Registry of Group Psychotherapists (CGP). There are additional group leadership and supervision requirements required for the CGP designation. Further information on the CGP designation can be found on the AGPA website at
2018 Training Opportunities

The NSGP Training Committee is pleased to once again offer two courses that have been so well received:  
Principles of Group Psychotherapy and 
Experiential Group

Principles of Group Psychotherapy Course and Experiential Group

This course will meet monthly on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 1pm.  The 6-module course meets the didactic requirements for CGP Certification.

Dates, topics and faculty are as follows:

Jan 19    Introduction and Overview
Jan 20    The Foundations of Group Therapy 
                    Joseph Shay, CGP, LFAGPA
Feb 3     The Change Process in Groups
                   Theresa Cohen, LICSW, CGP
Mar 22   The Role of the Leader 
                  Shunda McGahee, MD, CGP

Apr 14   Group Dynamics
                   John Moynihan, LICSW, CGP

May 5   Structured and Thematic Groups 
                    Ken Jaeger, LICSW, CGP    

May 19  Experiential Group  (9:30am-5pm)
                    Barbara McQueen, LICSW, CGP                        
Course tuition of  $550 incudes CEU’s

Experiential Group 

Module 2 of the NSGP Year-Long Experiential Group begins on February 7th, 2018. Registration is now  open.  The deadline to register is January 21 so REGISTER TODAY!
Utilize NSGP's most memorable learning tool on 'how to be a group therapist' by becoming a group participant yourself!

Year after year NSGP's training group turns out group therapists with this enviable vantage point of "lived experience." 
What it costs: The 24 week training is broken down into Module 1 and Module 2, each 12 weeks in duration, each $475. The price for enrolling for the full academic year (combining both modules - which is strongly recommended) is discounted for a total of $800. Module 1 is now full but we are accepting enrollments for Module 2. CEUs are granted for time attended with a maximum of 30 CEUs awarded at the end of the full program.
Who it is led by: Annie Weiss, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA
When it happens:   Wednesdays 12:30-1:45pm

Module 1 September 27-December 20, 2017 (NOW CLOSED) 
Module 2  February 7 - May 9, 2018  

Where it happens: Newton Centre,  MA  02459 (parking available)
Questions? Howie Schnairsohn, LICSW, CGP
Disclaimer: The Experiential Group is not a therapy group. Though there may be therapeutic things that happen in a training group, the intention is for the goal of learning rather than personal change and the leader will function with this in mind.

Applications can be obtained on the NSGP website at 

The NSPG Annual Regional Conference

This annual program, usually held in mid-June, addresses a wide range of therapeutic needs focusing on the life of the group and of the group members. Presenters are experienced and gifted clinicians who bring clarity, relevance and heart to our work. For more information, or to view a recent brochure, visit

Member Publications

NSGP members are on the forefront of theory and practice of group psychotherapy. Here is a recent list of NSGP member publications.

"In this age of uncertainty, group psychotherapy can be enormously helpful in meeting many of the needs of those entering retirement for social reasons as well as mental health reasons."

--Samuel R. James, EdD


Learn more about the NSGPF in our brochure. View online brochure.pdf. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) Or call 617.431.6748 for your copy.